Cuba in Newspapers

Spanish-American War: “Colonel Roosevelt and his Rough Riders at the top of the hill which they captured, Battle of San Juan,” by William Dinwiddie

Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War was fought between April 21 and August 13, 1898. The U.S. victory against the Spanish resulted in the collapse of what remained of Spain’s colonial empire and heralded America’s entrance as a major player on the world stage. Causes The catalyst for America’s declaration of war was the sinking of the USS …Read More

USS Maine, circa 1897

Sinking of the USS Maine

On February 15, 1898, at 9:40 p.m., the battleship USS Maine exploded then sank in Havana Harbor, killing about 260 of the 355 men on board. This international disaster, which the United States blamed on Spain, became an important catalyst for the Spanish-American War. Background At the time, Cuban guerillas were engaged in a brutal …Read More